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Global headlines, local heartlines

Rev. Bob Hundley speaks to thos at the Prayer Vigil.

News out of the 2019 General Conference caused pain and uncertainty for many. United Methodist congregations in Michigan offered information and pastoral care.

Next steps following General Conference

Bishop Bard speaks from his office in Lansing

General Conference concluded on February 26th. Bishop David A. Bard offers a pastoral letter to share with Michigan congregations this Sunday, March 3rd. His invitation is to wait and pray.

Bishop reflects on General Conference

Bishop Bard prays with Council of Bishops at GC 2019

Bishop David Bard, Michigan Conference, will soon release a letter for pastors to share with congregations this Sunday, March 3, 2019. The Bishop is also featured in this video interview with Communication Director Mark Doyal.

Michigan covers General Conference 2019

Bishops Bard and Bickerton serve Communion during Day of Prayer on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

  Our daily email updates and Facebook Live interviews reported GC 2019 through a Michigan lens. Here are your links to that special coverage.

2019 appointive challenges — part 2

Bishop Bard with 2018 ordinands

The Rev. John Boley, Clergy Assistant to Bishop David Bard, completes his examination of the many challenges and complexities of matching the pastors’ gifts with the needs of Michigan congregations.

A pastoral letter from NCJ bishops

The bishops who serve the North Central Jurisdiction

Bishop David A. Bard, President of the North Central College of Bishops, shares a pastoral letter regarding the special called session of the General Conference in St. Louis, February 23-26.

Where are the new appointments?

The Cabinet continues making pastoral moves around the state. Changes in appointments of Michigan clergy are announced on this website.

Podcasts feature Bishop David Bard

White earbuds on top of a tablet

A series of podcasts by United Methodist bishops, who support the One Church Plan, may be found on the One Church Plan website. Listen to Bishop David Bard and others.

Flessner named Northern Waters DS

Jodi Flessner at General Conference 2016

On January 7th Bishop David A. Bard welcomed the Rev. Jodie Flessner and thanked the Rev. Anita Hahn  for service on The Michigan Conference Cabinet and the Northern Waters District.

Humility, hope, heart and wisdom

Message from Bishop Bard

With the 2019 General Conference now just six weeks away, Bishop David Bard offers The Michigan Area hope-filled New Year’s greetings and counsel.